This book is for those headed into leadership within the next decade, and who may be trained in bad habits. This is for senior associates, junior partners, pice presidents and others who are slugging it out with outdated bosses/organizations that are loathe or incapable of adaptation. Most of all, it’s a book for future entrepreneurs.
There are many lessons here, many of which we all know even if they’ve never all been articulated in one place. That’s the strength of this book.
The weakness is that there are too many anecdotes in the tech/data section. Maybe right-brained analysis is the best available method for overload, but the book would have benefited if it had a left-brained analysis highlighting specific industries that need to pay attention. This book was written for a general readership, so maybe Lewis and Malmgren will pick the data/tech them up in another book, someday.
The chapter (7) on gender-balance and masculine/feminine framing was excellent. It highlights the multimodality required in strategy, operations and organizational psychology. This is especially critical for tech companies given the pervasive bro-culture that often pervades tech startups. Their note on ensuring that balance is pursued, as opposed to converting women to masculine thinking, is timely.